Plenty To Eat

Photo by: Dale Rogerson

Camile was a Botanical Engineer. Experts believed her bioengineered rice would soon end world hunger. She made this rice public domain. Anyone could grow it. This angered several giant agricultural companies who complained vehemently about the profits they’d lose.

Thereafter, she was continuously under surveillance by nanotech drones. After her third move in five years, Camile found a bouquet in her kitchen. On the flowers, her sharp eye noted the artificial fruit fly (Nanodyne FS-234).

Camile just smiled. She had a plan.

Two months later, her neighbor noted. “You certainly like carnivorous plants.”

Camile shrugged. “They’ve got plenty to eat.”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/08/02/4-august-2017/

Author’s Notes:

We all need to be aware of unethical business practices by large agricultural companies:
“Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear”
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/05/monsanto200805

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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37 Responses to Plenty To Eat

  1. Liked your story. You’ve created a sharp character — and she’ll need all her wits to play this game.
    Unfortunately your Author’s note is too true. Large chemical companies put pressure on their employees to suppress “undesirable” stats about the safety of certain chemicals.

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    • EagleAye says:

      She certainly will. Some companies command tremendous resources with which to attack an individual, and they have no scruples about using them. Thanks Christine!

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  2. Al says:

    Very good Eric πŸ™‚

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  3. Dear Eric,

    So much to be said here. I take issue with those who are poisoning our food sources. No wonder so many of us have allergies and food sensitivities that didn’t exist 50 years ago. Good for Camile and her carnivorous plants. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      And that’s just one aspect of what they do. Crippling small-time farmers with unethical law suits is another. Hopefully, somebody like Camile comes along soon for real. Thanks Rochelle! πŸ™‚

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  4. Dale says:

    I like Camile! Smart cookie. Too smart form those horrid crooks. She should team up with Erin Brokovitch!

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  5. Indira says:

    Nice one. Actually there is unethical business in every field.

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  6. tedstrutz says:

    Wow! This was a good one E. A. I wondered what a sci-fi writer would do with a bouquet of flowers, I found out.

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  7. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! Eric, you really have a terrific sense of humor. I also like the technical lingo you put in for flavor. Fun stuff.

    Five out of five Little Shops of Horrors.

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  8. granonine says:

    I like this one. Clever, incorporating real life. One smart woman πŸ™‚

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  9. DCTdesigns says:

    This was smart. Actually made me want to buy a carnivorous plant in my nano future. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Varad says:

    Too good, EA. Your takes are usually unique and this one is yet another gem. Well done.

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  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Wonderfully twisted take on the prompt.

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  12. Not too far fetched of a story. Big Agra is watching and destroying small farms and most people haven’t even noticed. Serious writing this week my friend. (watch your back)
    Tracey

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yes, they are. That’s one of the things that angers me most. Big Agra is bankrupting small farmers who can’t afford the legal fees to fight back. It’s bullying on an industrial scale. Thanks for your thoughts, Tracey. I’ll keep an eye out. πŸ˜‰

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  13. Delightfully and completely different from everything else I’ve read this week, and for that I thank you!

    Click to read my FriFic

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  14. Very Machiavellian. But for good!
    Nice way of turning the tables!

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  15. Ah!!!! I love this. It starts out so matter of fact and ends super fun.

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  16. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! This was great. She sure knows how to fight big companies.

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  17. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU KEEP DOING IT ERIC, so funny (sorry about caps lock – I’m not shouting, honestly, just to o lazy to retype as I have 90 stories to play comment catchup on before choral evensong at 17:30 (an hours time). I laugh and laughed at this, when it’s such a serious subject, so expertly spoofed by you. Well done. Well done, sir.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Awesome. Well thank you for taking time to read my story when you’re so busy. I appreciate that. It’s great you laughed so much. I hoped folks would. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  18. gahlearner says:

    Hehehe, that was fun. She is a smart woman, don’t we all wish she was real?

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